Row over THORP, worry over detergent ban at North Sea meeting

The latest stage in a long-running dispute about discharges from nuclear reprocessing facilities dominated the annual meeting of the Oslo and Paris Commissions in June. The meeting also agreed to ban three chemicals used in fabric softeners, despite concerns about the lack of published information on the environmental impact of potential substitutes and concerns that the ban will work in favour of Europe's major producers of fabric conditioners.

The meeting of the two Commissions, which lay down rules for dumping and discharges in the North Sea and neighbouring marine waters, produced fewer decisions than in recent years. The Commissions are preoccupied with reorganising themselves to implement a new Convention agreed in Paris last September (ENDS Report 211, pp 34-36 

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